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Another Great Bryson Book
on August 1, 2017
I discovered Bill Bryson some years ago listening to the audiobook of his fantastic "A Short History of Nearly Everything". I constantly recommend that tome to whomever will listen. I have gone on to read many of his other works, "A Walk in the Woods" and "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid", in particular. I find Bryson to be immensely entertaining, funny and informative in equal measure.
"One Summer: America 1927" is another great addition to the Bryson pantheon of wonderful books and to my library. Bryson's ability to weave together several apparently disparate threads into a cohesive, interesting narrative is a real gift. From Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis and others flyers making history, to Babe Ruth and the Yankees and their season for the ages, to Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover and the politics of the day, to Prohibition and its effect nationally and on Chicago with its mayor Big Bill Thompson and the rise and precipitous fall of Al Capone, to the trial and eventual demises of Sacco and Vanzetti, to the invention and growth of "talkies" and television and the death of silent films and much more, Bryson is the master puppeteer, dangling the various stories to delight of the reader.
Bill Bryson is a master. I always look forward to his next book, and "One Summer: America 1927" is no exception. Scarcely does a page go by that some captivating fact is not revealed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly. The book covers so much territory that you are bound to find something interesting to you. Treat yourself.